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4-H Ghana Launches Alternative Garden Project

4-H Ghana, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) has today, November 26, 2019, launched its National Alternative Garden Project at Koforidua in the Eastern Region.

The launching of the project is to assists young people to plant in containers, plastics, and others due to inadequate lands to do garden at the various schools.

“On the launching of the alternative garden project, we’ve realized that many of the schools that we work with don’t have lands to do some of the garden, so we want to move the garden to their homes and this is why we are calling for the alternative garden project where young people can plant in containers, lorry tires, bamboos, and others to generate the interest” he said.

Speaking at the launch of the project, the Executive Director of 4-H Ghana, Mr. Appiah Kwaku Boateng said, the 4-H Ghana Alternative garden project seeks to make young people develop an interest in agriculture and participate in the value chain from planting to the table.

He said the project seeks to use children transferring gardening hobby to their parents, using cans, containers, plastics, used lorry tires, and others.

He entreated members of the organization, volunteers and parents to embark on such an important and clarion call to participate in making the environment green and feeding itself and has, therefore, rallied support for government flagship project ‘Planting For Food and Jobs’.

However, he has encouraged Ghanaians to participate and see the project as the first step of fighting poverty and hunger, and as they intend to create competitions among members at the District levels to showcase their project, the Executive Director urged Corporate Ghana, Agencies, and Institutions to firmly support the project by making some donations to cater for prizes.

Mr. Appiah, therefore, called on the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) and the Ghana Education Service (GES), who have been their greatest collaborators to continue with the sacrifices they continue to offer to children in schools and communities across the country.

He commended teachers and Extension Officers for their services.

The Executive Director added that they are looking forward to a good partnership with the government and other agencies to support their noble venture as he believes Ghana agriculture lies in the hands of the youth since they are the majority of the people.

In furtherance, he affirmed that the 4-H program was acknowledged for the great work in promoting food security and leadership by the CFS 46th meeting of the FAO held in Rome in October 17-24, 2019.

At the event, they took the opportunity to train some of its club members.

 Source: Sylvester Ntim/

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